Aviation Trail, Inc. was formed as a non-profit corporation in 1981 to promote Dayton's aviation heritage. It is an all-volunteer organization, funded by membership dues and donations, engaging in promotional and educational activities to create an awareness of the area's identification with aviation and of its place in aviation history. 

In 1982 Aviation Trail acquired two historic Wright Brothers buildings to save them from demolition. These buildings became what is now the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center, (which also houses the Aviation Trail Parachute Museum) and the Wright Cycle Company, in partnership with the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park (which operates the facility).

In 2016 Aviation Trail, Inc. announced the acquistion of additional buildings directly east of the current Aviation Heritage Building in the Hoover Block of West Third. The purpose of the acquisition is to develop the facility into an aviation educational site, and expand the area of the current museum. 

With the prospect of this additional building restoration, and the challenges of continuing to promote the community's aviation heritage, there is always a need for more volunteers.  Aviation Trail exhibits at various aviation events each year, maintains the Parachute Museum and its archives, publishes brochures and newsletters, manages a membership list, and has numerous ongoing administrative & clerical activities. So there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. You can be part of this rich aviation heritage!

Events & Demonstrations

Trying on a parachute at 2018 Festival of Flight

Aviation Trail exhibit at 2019 Vectren Air Show

Aviation Trail exhibit at Huffman Prairie

Aviation Trail at 2017 Runway Fest

Clerical & Data Management

Projects & Archives 

Buildings on W. Third for renovation (Group of Sinclair student volunteers who did some cleanup)

How Would You Like to Help?

How to volunteer:

Step 1 - Click the "Volunteer Form" button below, then complete and submit the volunteer application.

Step 2 - Wait for a call or email from Aviation Trail to arrange for an interview.

Step 3 - Attend an interview and/or orientation.

Step 4 - Join the fun ...

be an Aviation Trail volunteer!

Volunteers must be at least18 years old .

Parachute Museum Upkeep

Hands-on demonstration of the assembly of wing struts for a 1903 Wright Flyer

Board Members volunteering at an event

Aviation Trail demonstration at NMUSAF

Video project at the Parachute Museum


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/hours.htm

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


Aviation Trail, Inc.

- In Partnership with the National Park Service


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